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Published: 1244 GMT November 08, 2021
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‘Reasons why Iran will steal your heart’

‘Reasons why Iran will steal your heart’
A view of the pond of Golestan Palace, Tehran

Iran is an incredibly underrated country with an immense history, the friendliest people, and the most breathtaking architecture. Having spent two weeks there, I truly believe it should be on every traveler’s bucket list. However, the beauty of this country is rarely shown in the media.

This guide on the most beautiful places in Iran aims to show you the side of Iran that rarely – if ever – gets represented in the news: The beauty of its landscapes, the details of its stunning architecture, the hospitality of its locals, the unique villages that still hold on to their centuries-old traditions, and so much more, wrote.

You’ll also find a detailed two-week Iran itinerary with lots of information on what to see in Iran, what to do in Iran, and other helpful insider tips.

I hope what you read will inspire you to visit this remarkable Middle Eastern country as well. It truly deserves more positive spotlight.

There are so many reasons why Iran will steal your heart. First of all, the architecture in this country is absolutely mind-blowing. You’re looking at some of the finest Persian mosques and palaces in the world that have stood for centuries through multiple kingdoms and dynasties. You’ll learn about the incredible history behind these attractions and will get an insightful glimpse into life during the Persian Empire. History fans, this is your place!

Even if you’re not a big history buff, you can still spend hours admiring the intricate tilework on the buildings. It’s truly a marvelous sight. Iran is also filled with breathtaking nature, stylish traditional houses, and charming gardens. Even the restaurants and accommodations in the country are gloriously decorated with colorful stained-glass windows.

A trip to Iran is so much more than just a visually pleasing experience though; it’s just as culturally rich as well. The local cuisine is a must-try, the welcoming locals are more than eager to have a conversation with you, and you’ll most likely get invited to have a meal or two in their homes too.


Most beautiful places in Iran to see in two weeks


DAY 1: Tehran


You’ll most likely be flying into the bustling capital city of Tehran, and it’s worth spending at least a day here as it’s home to one of the most historical places in Iran.


Golestan Palace


One of the top things to do in Tehran is visiting the most magnificent historical monument – the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This majestic complex was the official residence of the Qajar Dynasty (1789-1925) and displays a remarkable mixture of ancient Persian and contemporary European architectural styles, which characterized much of Iranian art in the 19th and 20th centuries.

You can easily spend half a day admiring the 17 structures that make up Golestan Palace, including lots of spectacular halls, chambers, museums, and gardens. All of them were built during the rule of the Qajar kings.

Golestan Palace is absolutely huge, and it can be overwhelming to figure out where you should start your visit. A few of the key sites you won’t want to miss are the stunning Khalvat-e Karim Khani (Karim Khani Nook), which was the former residence of the founder of the Zand Dynasty (1751-1779) and the brilliant Mirror Hall, which was used for royal weddings and coronations.

Be sure to also not miss the Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun), a palace that offered a panoramic view of the city for the Shahs (kings), and Brilliant Hall, which is known for its incredible display of mirror work done by Iranian artisans.

It will likely take you two to three hours to explore the whole of Golestan Palace. You can relax by the gorgeous pond in the main garden after all the walking around. Next to the palace, you’ll also see the bustling Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is a great place to get a glimpse of local life.


Azadi Tower


The unique Azadi Tower is the most iconic landmark of Tehran and is definitely worth a visit during your time in the capital. Completed in 1971, it was designed by an architecture student as a tribute to the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

This tower has a very distinct style that merges traditional Persian architecture with modern influences – you can see this quite clearly by its big iwan (a vaulted space used as an entrance) arch that’s covered with 8,000 pieces of white marble. Azadi Square, where the tower sits, is very symbolic too: a lot of protests happened there during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and it’s still a popular site for demonstrations today.

You can climb Azadi Tower using the elevator or stairs to get a nice view of the city from the top. At the base of the tower, you’ll also find some galleries and a cafe.



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